NAIA Football: Week 0 Outlook

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Less than three weeks separate us from the start of the 2022 NAIA football season.

While most of our readers are major college football fans, we would encourage everyone to adopt an NAIA team closest to your hometown. After all, college football is college football — no matter the level.

The reason why Week 0 is so important for the NAIA is that it has multiple games on Thursday, Aug. 25 to kick off the college football season. Other NCAA divisions won’t begin until Saturday, Aug. 27.

Here’s a look at the NAIA’s Week 0 matchups:

Thursday, Aug. 25

No. 9 Reinhardt at No. 24 Faulkner

No. 15 Georgetown at Kentucky Christian

Valley City State at Jamestown

Dakota Wesleyan at Dakota State

Clarke at Evangel

Saturday, Aug. 27

Arkansas Baptist at Bethel (TN)

St. Andrews at No. 4 Lindsey Wilson

Edward Waters (NCAA) at Florida Memorial

Bluefield at Thomas More

Union at Cumberlands (KY)

Point at Cumberland (TN)

St. Mary at Midland

Waldorf at Briar Cliff

No. 22 Culver Stockton at No. 13 Baker

No. 2 Grand View at No. 18 Central Methodist

William Penn at Benedictine

Peru State at Missouri Valley

Graceland at MidAmerica Nazarene

Ave Maria at Madonna

Taylor at Lawrence Tech

Hastings at Trinity International

Missouri Baptist at Lyon

Tabor at Iowa Wesleyan

Roosevelt at Mayville State

Atlantis at No. 23 Bethel (KS)

Friends at Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Arkansas State University Queretaro at Texas Wesleyan

Lincoln (NCAA) at Webber International

No. 7 Keiser at Warner

North American University at Southeastern (FL)

Montana State Northern at College of Idaho

#19 Rocky Mountain at Southern Oregon

Montana Tech at Eastern Oregon

No. 17 Montana Western at Carroll

Week 0 Tidbits

  • Week 0 will see 11 ranked teams in action. It’s rare for that many ranked teams to be in action for Week 0.
  • The Sun Conference will have the opportunity to play two NCAA teams in Week 0. Webber International and Florida Memorial each host NCAA opponents.